Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 12, 2016

First spring swim

Tomorrow I will be jetting off to Europe again. One of the things I really miss about Australia when I am gone is the beach. I grew up living beside one of the best beaches in the world, Main Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast. I went back to my childhood beach for a swim before heading off.

I like to get up early to walk along the water’s edge before diving into the waves. It had rained all night and the sun struggled to appear through the mist, but finally it was beaming down on the early morning beach fans.

Main Beach

Main Beach

Main Beach

Main Beach


Main Beach

Main Beach

Col, the wormer, was out and about and Bob, a fisherman I have met before was trying his luck.

Main Beach

Main Beach

Southport surf lifesavers were practising their moves.

Main Beach

The water was cold, but after the first dive into the waves it’s great. I will keep that feeling with me until I get back in November.

Main Beach


  1. god, what a beautiful beach…I would miss that too.

    • I love the surf. Italy is great, but I do miss the beach when I am there.

  2. Gorgeous beach with the modern city in the background.

    • I could live without the high rise buildings, but there isn’t much to be done about that.

  3. What a wonderful way to start the day.
    Safe travels my friend.

    • I head off in the morning…3 days in Helsinki then Bagni di Lucca.

  4. You do have some of the best beaches up there. But we are very much looking forward to a bit of Italy starting this weekend. And can’t wait to see your house, Casa Debbio, and meet you next week. Have a safe trip.

    • I am very keen to get back to my garden to see how it has fared during the summer.

  5. A great way to prepare for the journey ahead. Have a good and safe trip!

    • Thank you. I am looking forward to being back in Bagni di Lucca.

  6. Great photos. Main Beach was a quiet spot at one time. I used to live in Mermaid Beach so we were almost neighbours.

    • We went there in 1957. It was a wonderful place to grow up.

  7. I can feel the cold sand on the souls of my feet

    • …a good feeling.

  8. Sunday was a beautiful day for it

  9. What a great way to start the day, Debra. Lovely beach. 🙂

  10. Welcome back Debra! What an invigorating start to the day! 😀

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